Latin America

Latin America
Thursday, December 24th 2009 - 09:14 UTC

Bolivian Tribunal confirms Evo Morales’ sweeping electoral victory

The first indigenous president of Bolivia can feel safe at the ballot box but not in the air

Bolivia’s re-elected president Evo Morales ratified his sweeping victory on December 6 general election when he was supported by 64.2% of the vote, according to the final vote count from the country’s Electoral Court.

Thursday, December 24th 2009 - 09:03 UTC

EU, US and OAS condemn killing of Colombian governor attributed to FARC

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said Colombia can count with the EU

The European Union, United States and the Organization of American States condemned the killing of Colombian governor Luis Francisco Cuellar, which has been attributed to the Marxist-inspired, drugs-funded Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, the oldest guerrilla grouping operating in the country.

Wednesday, December 23rd 2009 - 15:52 UTC

Kidnapped Colombian governor found dead with slit throat

The Colombian government blames FARC, active in Caqueta province for the killing of Cuellar Carbajal

The body of Luis Francisco Cuellar Carvajal, governor of the Colombian department of Caqueta, was discovered Tuesday not far from where he was kidnapped the night before, government spokesperson Wilmer Rua said.

Wednesday, December 23rd 2009 - 09:54 UTC

Uribe offers reward for info leading to kidnapped Colombian governor

FARC challenges Uribe and his overall “democratic security” policy

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is offering the equivalent of almost half a million US dollars reward for information leading to the rescue of a governor snatched from his home Monday night by a guerrilla commando unit dressed in army uniforms. He also asked for the recovery of 24 military, captives of the guerrilla.

Wednesday, December 23rd 2009 - 09:26 UTC

Highlanders stationed in Falklands triumph in Chilean war game competition

The team beat Special Forces from around the world

An elite team of British soldiers beat Special Forces from around the world to win a grueling competition in the driest place on Earth, repots Daily Record.co.uk. The eight-man unit from the Highlanders (4 Scots) picked up the gold medal in the Chilean Patrol Competition before their recent deployment to the Falkland Islands.

Wednesday, December 23rd 2009 - 07:38 UTC

Glacier experts’ international summit next February in Chile

There are some 4,000 glaciers in Chile

Chile will be the focus of international attention in February when Valdivia’s Centre for Scientific Studies (CECS) hosts an international conference of more than 150 experts on glaciers and climate change.

Wednesday, December 23rd 2009 - 06:17 UTC

Spain’s Air Comet grounded leaves thousands stranded in Latinamerica

The airline is part of the Spanish travel group Marsans, which once owned Aerolíneas Argentinas

Spain's long-haul leisure carrier Air Comet stopped flying Tuesday, stranding thousands of passengers at airports in Spain and Latin America.

Tuesday, December 22nd 2009 - 16:17 UTC

Chile promotes tourism marriage ceremonies in Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Easter Island is widely famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, created by the early Rapanui people

If the standard white dress wedding is too staid, and vows read by an Elvis impersonator too clichéd, don’t despair. There is a Rapa-nui wedding ceremony, complete with loincloth, awaiting you on Chile’s Easter Island.

Tuesday, December 22nd 2009 - 14:16 UTC

“Justice, the people and God” meditating on Uribe’s re-re-election

President Uribe is the US closest and most reliable ally in the region

Colombian president Alvaro Uribe remains nuclear about his future plans and whether he will run for a third period. His only public statements so far have been that he will abide by the results of the referendum which should open the way for his candidacy next May 2010.

Monday, December 21st 2009 - 17:42 UTC

Colombia beefs up Venezuelan border with airborne battalions

Colombian Army Air Corps is the best equipped and most experienced in Latin America

The Colombian government has announced it is building a new military base on its border with Venezuela and has activated six new airborne battalions. Relations between the two nations are at a historic low with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez already telling his generals to prepare for war.
He moved 15,000 more troops up to the border, accusing Colombia and its ally, the US, of planning an attack.

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